Dr. Derek Griffith Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Michael O. Minor National Director for the H.O.P.E. Health and Human Services Partnership of the National Baptist Convention
The purpose of this conference is to bring together representatives from faith-based organizations (FBOs) with representatives from academia, businesses, public health and healthcare institutions, AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and other community-based organizations (CBOs’) and community residents from cities throughout Michigan to increase the capacity for FBOs in communities of color to support and facilitate opportunities to educate, share, and disseminate the newest information about health disparities in Michigan; including HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) with members of their respective organizations and surrounding neighborhoods.
The conference Objectives are to:
1. Empower FBO leaders with the correct knowledge and skills to view HIV as both a moral issue and a public health threat.
2. Change the norms within FBOs and equip the leaders with the competence and capacity of FBOs’ to become more open and accepting settings where youth and adults can discuss and address the behaviors that put them at risk for acquiring health disparities such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, and obesity.
3. Create opportunities for healthcare workers, public health professionals, and community workers new venues through the FBOs, to offer prevention services, such as blood pressure and diabetes screenings, HIV/STI counseling and testing, healthy eating classes, and physical activities for obesity prevention; in areas where they are most needed, and
4. Identify at least two sustainable evidence-based strategies for growing the capacity of FBOs in Michigan to use CBPR to actively engage in health disparity reduction (including HIV and other STI prevention.
Lunch: provided onsite for: $13.14 (RSVP by: October 24, 2013)